The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37+00:00November 19th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My Secrets to Turning My Hobby Job into a Success

The first year I went into business I got a good bit of negative feedback. People would say, “Good luck with that” or “Good luck with your business” and “People actually pay you to make clothing?” My favorite though, “If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse your […]

Chasing Frida Kahlo in a Dress at the Finding Frida Art Exhibit

By |2018-05-28T07:34:37+00:00May 28th, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1930s Style Fashion, Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Why Frida?

Frida Kahlo is a Mexican artist and icon. She is such a powerful presence for so many female artist. The love for Frida goes beyond her wonderful art, her style and the emotion she portrays. There is a romance and power around her ageless story. In a time where women had little rights Frida […]

Cycling Shirt Replica, Pattern Making with Sew a Long

By |2018-04-09T11:50:22+00:00April 9th, 2018|Fashion Dress Replicas, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Don’t judge me, this is my first cycling shirt. With all projects when you are new it is best to start with the easiest parts and build your skill from there. Active wear is considered advanced sewing.

I used my active wear knit, my serger and my new cover stitch machine to make this shirt. You […]

Interview with a Family of Master Costumers

By |2018-03-12T07:09:42+00:00March 12th, 2018|Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Interviews w/Sewists|

Do you ever wonder what it is like to be surrounded by a family of the most creative, accurate and highly detailed costumer makers? I do! Tell me this family is not amazing!

I am more than excited to introduce from Merritt Island, Florida “Simple Tricks & Nonsense” otherwise known as Becky, John and John Sr.

The Easy Frida Inspired Wrap by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-08-08T11:29:24+00:00July 31st, 2017|1920s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Getting creative is important. What is hard is when you have more ideas and dreams than you have time to execute. This is a quick and easy dress I like to fashion when I’m short on time. My dream is to teach this easy wrap dress at a vacation resort in Mexico soon.

First, grab […]

Star Wars Imperial Guard Replica by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-07-10T07:45:01+00:00July 10th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas|

First off, this month is already kicking butt! Orders and requests are coming in fast! My best friend and I were honored to be in the Dayton Daily news last Friday, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A former co-worker, Mark,  from my grocery days at Dorothy Lane Market contacted me with a project. […]

Star Wars Costume Exhibit in Photos

By |2017-06-12T07:06:39+00:00June 12th, 2017|Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Day two of the Cincinnati Museum Center Star Wars exhibit and I had the pleasure of being there. The museum is in an old train station that is currently under construction.

If you go to the exhibit prepare to be blown away. First, I’m no […]

Secret Dress for Horror Novelist JJ Philips Revealed

By |2017-03-20T11:55:53+00:00March 20th, 2017|1950s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, makes of 2017|

When JJ Philips, a successful horror novelist and also named horror novelist of the year from SQ Horror Magazine, came to me and asked me to make her a secret dress I was very excited! I had seen her book, Perinatal Bloodshed at shops around town and I listened to her on Gem […]

Garment Replica Tips and More Big News

By |2017-02-07T23:06:37+00:00January 16th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Uncategorized|

Hello January!

I’m out of the gate and up and running in my new studio and with the launch of my website coming soon.

My first project of the new year was to replicate an A-Line chiffon dress. Since I do not really have a magic wand and I’m a sewing teacher I will tell you a few of my […]

Busy Bohemian Replica and Fabric Hop in Portland

By |2017-02-08T00:02:51+00:00November 1st, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My favorite kind of dress to make is a replica. It’s such a fun challenge and I don’t mind when they are not perfect because I know nothing ever is perfect. This dress was no exception although overall I love the dress. Below is my inspiration photo.

Tracy McElfresh Bohemian Replica

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